Realme’s latest flagship phone apparently feels like paper

It was only a matter of time before anyone other than Fairphone provided a sustainability-themed smartphone (which is a good thing, of course). Realme, the sister brand of Oppo and OnePlus, has announced that the upcoming flagship GT 2 Pro will have an eco-friendly bio-polymer material on the back – apparently a first in the mobile industry. In fact, Realme has once again teamed up with design icon Naoto Fukasawa of the Muji and Infobar series, who completed the design of the GT 2 Pro with a textured paper feel on the body. They call this ‘Paper Tech Master Design’.


This bio-polymer material, supplied by SABIC of Saudi Arabia, is based on paper pulp and has been awarded International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (or ISCC for short) to prove its environmental friendliness. The Realme GT 2 Pro’s packaging also uses much less plastic than its predecessor – from an overall plastic ratio of 21.7 percent to just 0.3 percent.

The phone itself also holds some surprises. First off, it’s one of the first devices to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, following in the footsteps of the Moto Edge X30. The GT 2 Pro is also the world’s first smartphone with an ultra-wide 150-degree camera (most are around 120 degrees), which offers a unique fisheye camera mode for fun photography.

There are also some notable features on the radio side. In Realme’s “Antenna Array Matrix System” there is the “world’s first” ultra-wideband antenna switching technology, which allows the phone to switch to the one of the 12 antennas with the best signal strength. In addition, this system consists of a symmetrical Wi-Fi antenna that apparently increases signal stability by up to 20 percent.


But the most interesting feature here is arguably the “360-degree NFC”, which is achieved by connecting the NFC module to the top two mobile antennas and to its own, forming an “NFC 3 antenna array”. This allows the top part of the GT 2 Pro to read NFC on both sides, which should make contactless payments and Bluetooth pairing easier.

For now, the Realme GT 2 Pro is only slated to launch in China at 7:30 p.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET) on January 4, 2022, but a company spokesperson has confirmed that it will eventually go overseas. Given the brand’s track record, this device will likely be competitively priced, but we’d like to take a closer look at Fukasawa’s latest mobile design – especially the supposedly paper-like texture. Stay tuned for more tech specs, pricing, and our hands-on.

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